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Categorized "How-to" Resources

  ROOFING
Roofing for Historic Buildings
Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau
Care and maintenance of cedar roofs
Repair and Replacement of Historic Slate Roofs
Repair and Replacement of Historic Clay Tile Roofs
Worn slate roofs - repair or replace?
All slate was not created equal
New life for old metal roofs
Cement Asbestos Roofing
Removing moss, lichen & mildew
Pent Roofs
Imitation Slate Roofing
  SIDING & TRIM
Aluminum and Vinyl Siding on Historic Buildings
Substitute Materials on Historic Building Exteriors
Vinyl Siding - old house in disguise?
  HEALTH & SAFETY
Reducing Lead-Paint Hazards in Historic Housing
Asbestos in Insulation
Fire Safety Device in Old Homes a Health Hazard
Vermiculite and Asbestos
Using a Ladder Safely
  BARNS & OUTBUILDINGS
The Barn Journal
The Spring Cellar
  FIREPLACE & CHIMNEY
Chimney Flue Liners
Heating System Chimneys
Firebacks - What are they?
Fireplace Safety
  HIRING CONTRACTORS
Hiring a Contractor
  MASONRY
Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry
Masonry Restoration FAQ page
Stone Foundation Evaluation & Maintenance
Preservation and Repair of Historic Stucco
Inspecting and Maintaining Historic Masonry
Structural Terra Cotta
Telephone Tile & Silo Tile
Removing paint from brick
Repointing old stone walls and foundations
  FUNDING
Find your state or local preservation organization for possible financial assistance
The Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service
PLUMBING & ELECTRICAL
Cast Iron Waste Pipes
Knob and Tube Wiring
HEATING, COOLING & INSULATION
HVAC for Historic Buildings
Old boilers - a cause for concern?
Adding Wall Insulation
Insulating a Finished Attic
WINDOWS & DOORS
The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows
Original Windows
Restoring Metal Windows
LOG, TIMBER & FRAME STRUCTURES
Preservation and Repair of Historic Log Buildings
Preserving Historic Log Homes
Balloon Framing
MAINTENANCE
From the Roof Down
Managing Interior Moisture
Controlling Moisture in Crawlspaces
Built-in Gutters
Old, Soft, Crumbly Mortar
Finding a Roof Leak
Wet Basement of an Old House
Controlling Crawlspace Moisture
PAINT
Exterior Paint Problems on Historic Woodwork
The History of Paint and Colour
Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling (pdf)
OTHER
Identifying the Visual Character of Historic Buildings
Insuring Historic Homes
Finishing a Basement
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